Analysis of Functions of Delayed Echolalia in Autistic Children This study was a preliminary attempt to determine how autistic children used delayed echolalia in naturalistic interactions with familiar people. Fourteen functional categories of delayed echolalia were derived based on videotape analyses of linguistic, extralinguistic, and paralinguistic features. Individual differences in functional usage were apparent across the three subjects. Delayed ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1984
Analysis of Functions of Delayed Echolalia in Autistic Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barry M. Prizant
    Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital; Brown University, East Providence, Rhode Island
  • Patrick J. Rydell
    Area Education Agency #12, Sioux City, Iowa
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1984
Analysis of Functions of Delayed Echolalia in Autistic Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1984, Vol. 27, 183-192. doi:10.1044/jshr.2702.183
History: Received January 12, 1983 , Accepted August 25, 1983
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1984, Vol. 27, 183-192. doi:10.1044/jshr.2702.183
History: Received January 12, 1983; Accepted August 25, 1983

This study was a preliminary attempt to determine how autistic children used delayed echolalia in naturalistic interactions with familiar people. Fourteen functional categories of delayed echolalia were derived based on videotape analyses of linguistic, extralinguistic, and paralinguistic features. Individual differences in functional usage were apparent across the three subjects. Delayed echolalia was found to vary along the dimensions of interactiveness, comprehension of the utterance produced, and relevance to linghistic or situational context. The diversity of delayed echolalic behavior is discussed in reference to its conventionality, the presence or absence of communicative intent, and its status as symbolic communicative activity.

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